Cobleskill Police "ticket" children for doing the right thing

July 12, 2017 06:22 PM

COBLESKILL -- It's summer-- and that means vacation, family time, and bike riding.

"I've been walking around the college track and riding my bike a lot," said 12-year-old Kyle.

Brothers Kyle and Rylan are wearing their helmets as they ride their bikes.

"So you don't fall and get hurt," said 9-year-old Rylan.

Cobleskill police want to get the word out about safety this summer.

We rode along with Officer Joelle West as she looked for kids to ticket-- but it's not the normal kind of ticket that adults try to avoid.

We spotted one young man riding with his helmet on.  Officer West stopped him and gave the surprised rider a certificate for free ice cream for doing the right thing.

It's a pretty good kind of ticket to get.

5-year-old Molly Tefft came out to show us how she rides her princess bicycle.   

"Pretty much I go to the playground and I go with my dad and sometimes we go around and then we go down the big hill and I go super super fast," she said.

She's also wearing a helmet that she just got from police at a recent community event.

"Through the generosity of Stewart's Shops and our local health department and Schoharie County Child at Risk Response Team, we've been able to not only hand out the certificates for free ice cream when we do see kids being safe, but we are also able to give out free bike helmets, as well," said Cobleskill Police Chief Richard Bialkowski.

We saw a few kids get ice cream vouchers today.  Summer also means a cone or a cup of the sweet cold treat.

"It's reinforcing good behavior," said Chief Bialkowski.  "It's kind of helpful to also establish positive contacts between us and the community.  It's kind of a win for everybody."

The chief says they have hundreds of ice cream vouchers to give out, so they hope to keep catching kids doing something right.


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Kumi Tucker

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